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Charlotte security firm sued for same-sex harassment

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Charlotte-based Metro Special Police & Security Services faces EEOC charges that a captain and lieutenant, both men, solicited male security ­officers for sex, forced them to go to gay bars while on duty and touched the men’s chests and genitals against their will.

In its complaint, the EEOC claims that at least three male officers faced constant sexual harassment, including requests for nude photographs, questions about their sexual preferences and offers of promotions in exchange for sex with their male superiors.

The officers complained to Metro’s CEO, but the company never investigated the harassment allegations. The EEOC claims that several of the men were suspended, demoted or discharged after they filed their internal complaints.

The EEOC sued after mediation efforts failed, seeking back pay, compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief.

Note: Under the Civil Rights Act, male-on-male sexual harassment is just as illegal as any other kind of harassment.

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